The NSA Used Facebook to Infect Millions of Computers!

THIS IS WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL and CRIMINAL! As part of its efforts to install malware on “millions” of computers worldwide, the NSA impersonated Facebook to trick users into downloading malicious code.

FoxNews reported that “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” reports The Intercept in its latest expose based on top-secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden.

The NSA trick was called QUANTUMHAND and was initially tested on “about a dozen targets” before being launched on a larger scale in 2010, the documents show.

The documents also indicate that some of these viruses disable targets’ ability to use encryption software to mask Internet activity or send emails privately. This and other malware efforts are part of what the NSA documents call its “Owning the Net” program.

What began as a way to hit “hart-to-reach” targets – around 100 to 150 of them, as of 2004 – the NSA’s malware-spreading efforts have since proliferated to potentially millions of computers around the globe using an automated system known internally as TURBINE. Using TURBINE, documents reveal, gave members of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit the ability to tap into, or destroy, computers on a massive scale.

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Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/03/12/nsa-pretended-to-be-facebook-in-its-effort-to-infect-millions-computers/

 

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